Karen Bass

From the office of:

Karen Bass

Sending Office: Honorable Karen Bass
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)



FOR FY 2020

Deadline: MARCH 26 at COB

To sign on please click here

Current Co-sponsors include: Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA); Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD); Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL); Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA); Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL); Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL); Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA); Rep. Ilhan
Omar (D-MN); Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX); Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr (D-NJ); Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA); Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN); Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY); Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL); Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI); Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY); Rep. Anthony
Brown (D-MD); Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL); Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA); Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC);
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)


Dear Colleague,

Please join our bipartisan letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOP) to the FY 2019 level funding for the United States African Development Foundation (USADF).

We have seen first-hand the enormous impact the foundation is able to have with a modest amount of resources.  We ask you to join us in sending a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting USADF’s funding remain at the FY 2019 level.

We ask you to join us in signing our bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting that the funding for USADF in the FY 2020 State and Foreign Operations bill be sustained at the FY 2019 level.

To sign this letter, please contact in Rep. Karen Bass’s office or in Rep. Chris Smith’s office. You can also sign onto the letter




March XX, 2019


The Honorable Nita Lowey                               The Honorable Harold Rogers                       

Chairwoman                                                          Ranking Member

Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations,      Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations,

& Related Programs                                             & Related Programs


Dear Chairwoman Lowey and Ranking Member Rogers,

As you draft the Fiscal Year 2020 State and Foreign Operations appropriations measure, we write to urge you to fund the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) at its Fiscal Year 2019 enacted level of $30 million and support USADF’s Congressionally mandated
mission as an independent agency.

As you know, USADF was established by Congress to approach development differently by providing catalytic seed capital and technical support to enable community level African enterprises to become self-sufficient drivers of economic development.  USADF’s
enterprise focus pinpoints development efforts in strategic locations that are critical to U.S. national security interests and that address pressing extreme poverty and development needs.  This approach has made USADF a highly effective and efficient development
arm of the U.S. government.  The Center for Global Development (CGD) has ranked USADF as the second most efficient U.S. Government foreign assistance provider in their
Quality of Official Development Assistance

USADF complements critical U.S. development initiatives enacted by Congress, such as the Global Food Security Act (Feed the Future), Electrify Africa Act (Power Africa) and the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA).  USADF’s emphasis on women (historically,
up to 65% of USADF’s direct beneficiaries are women) furthers the objectives of the recently-passed Women’s Economic Empowerment Act and is why USADF is part of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.  Finally, as the U.S. International Development
Finance Corporation, created by the BUILD Act, seeks to increase American private investment in Africa, USADF-supported enterprises are natural partners for U.S. firms. 

USADF’s distinctive contributions to U.S international development efforts include:

Partnerships and matching funds – USADF leverage matching contributions from host countries (approximately $30 million from African governments in funds and commitments in the past 12 years) and the private sector (such as GE and the Citi
Foundation) to extend the reach of U.S. taxpayer dollars.

Results orientation – USADF provides a multiplier for development dollars aimed at creating and growing community enterprises, generating incomes and improving the lives of 1.5 million people in underserved communities every year.  Specifically,
every $1 in USADF contributions generates, on average, $3 in local revenue generation and/or local economic development.

Speed – USADF can stand up programs in critical areas and with specific groups in months, not years.

USADF works in difficult areas, increasing U.S. strategic presence in nations such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Niger, and Nigeria’s Niger Delta and northern regions.  In the Sahel region, USADF catalyzes growth for
institutions like Niger’s ONG Tidene.  With a $220,000 grant from USADF, ONG Tidene established a well-managed and capable cooperative specifically for ex-combatants and returned migrants to start constructing water projects, such as wells and irrigation pumps.
 In Somalia, USADF has provided over 5,500 unemployed youth with vocational jobs training and the tools to start their own businesses.  In South Sudan, USADF investments in sustainable agriculture programs are mitigating the effects of famine.  USADF investments
in these critical areas spur economic development, improve lives and livelihoods, and contribute to increased peace and stability in the region.

As our nation’s security and economic prosperity becomes more closely linked with Africa’s, USADF’s work remains critical.  USADF creates pathways to prosperity by investing in Africans and their innovative ideas and empowering underserved communities to
become a part of Africa’s growth story.

Therefore, we respectfully request that you maintain full funding for USADF in fiscal year 2020 and support its mission as an independent entity in the United States’ international development toolbox.

Thank you for your consideration of this important matter.



KAREN BASS                                                                       CHRISTOPHER H. SMITH


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